The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included $400 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) emergency funds, made available to states to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus for the 2020 federal election cycle. This supplemental appropriation funding, distributed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), provided states with additional resources to protect the 2020 elections from the effects of the novel coronavirus.
CARES funds were awarded to states and U.S. territories in 2020. The CARES Grant Program expired on March 26, 2022.
CARES grants are either closed or in the process of closing.
Quarterly reports on CARES grant activities submitted by the EAC to the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) can be found on the PRAC Reports page.
Individual state reports on CARES funds can be found in the tables below.
CARES Act Funds Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance on Use of HAVA Funds for Expenses Related to COVID-19
Guidance on Meeting Match Under HAVA
CARES Award Packet
Please send any questions to CARESfunding@eac.gov.